Sylvain Guintoli says it will be vital to get back into a rhythm with his Pata Honda CBR1000RR if the French rider is to carry his strong results from Sepang across the elongated summer break and into Jerez.

Even though the 2014 World Superbike champion is expecting to hand over his crown to Kawasaki's Jonathan Rea - who needs just six points to secure the riders' title - Guintoli is confident he can end his season on a high with a top five finish still in reach after grabbing his best results of 2015 in Sepang in the shape of a pair of fourth place finishes.

With three rounds remaining Guintoli sits sixth in the World Superbike championship, 24 points off of Aprilia's Jordi Torres who will act as hometown hero in Jerez this weekend.

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The Spanish circuit, which has hosted World Superbike races since 2013, also acted as the venue for pre-season tests in January in which Guintoli suffered a heavy crash which forced him to miss the majority of testing.

Guintoli, who has struggled to adapt on the Honda and is rumoured to be in the frame for a ride with the returning factory Yamaha squad, is concentrating on returning to top form.

"The last round in Sepang was really positive with good results in qualifying and in the two races so I'm looking forward to getting back into that rhythm again as soon as we can," Guintoli said. "I feel like I've been on a long winter break since the last round in Sepang, not a summer break.

"I've been able to do a bit of motocross but it's not the same and I've not been wanting to push too hard because it's quite easy to get injured!"

12 months ago Guintoli grabbed two second places on the Aprilia on his way to his maiden World Superbike title and the 33-year-old is relishing the challenge once again.

"Jerez is a really nice track and I had a couple of good results there last season," Guintoli said. "My last visit there at the beginning of this year wasn't so good though because I got injured in a big crash, but I'm looking forward to going back there with the team."